After departing the UK in August Joe and his wife first travelled to Canada before heading south to California, following a route said to be among the most beautiful in America. On the way they are passing along the spectacular Oregon coast, where this picture was taken.

From America Joe heads to New Zealand.

Joe isn’t the first member of staff at APEM to have been able to arrange an extended break from work. Previous sabbaticals have included several months spent volunteering on a wildlife conservation project in Africa.

As well as sabbaticals, APEM also offers a range of other benefits, among them flexible working, a profit share scheme, private medical insurance, life insurance, childcare vouchers and a cycle to work scheme.

Peter Dennis, head of APEM’s field team, said:

“Joe is one of our most experienced field scientists and we were glad to be able to agree to his sabbatical.

At work we send him all over the UK on a regular basis to carry out fish surveys, walkover surveys, water quality monitoring and a host of other highly specialist tasks. We thought that would be enough for him. But instead it just seems to have fuelled his wanderlust.

We’re trying hard not to be jealous of his adventures but most of all we’re looking forward to having him back in the team next spring.”

If you have any queries, please contact Peter Dennis, Associate Director - Field.
Alternatively you can email us here. Or call 0161 442 8938.